Donations collected during Ponoka Red Apple’s 2019 toy drive. (Photo submitted)

Donations collected during Ponoka Red Apple’s 2019 toy drive. (Photo submitted)

Ponoka Red Apple’s toy drive has begun

Store is partnering with Ponoka Secondary Campus’ Santa’s Anonymous to distribute donations

Ponoka’s Red Apple store is joining other Red Apple Stores and the Bargain! Shops across Canada in their annual Together We Care toy drive and Fill-a-Sleigh Day.

The national campaign was launched on Nov. 14 at stores cross Canada, each partnering with a local charity to distribute toys and essential items to families in need, donated by Red Apple and The Bargain! Shop customers.

The toy drive finishes on Saturday, Dec. 5 with Fill-a-Sleigh Day.

On that day, stores, including Ponoka’s Red Apple, will be donating 10 per cent of all sales to each stores local charity of choice. Last year, the stores donated 10 per cent of sales from toys only.

“In light of everything that has been happening, our company has made such a wonderful decision,” said Ponoka Red Apple store manager Andrea Novotny-Lund.

The national goal is to raise $650,0000 worth of collected toys.

“This goal wouldn’t be possible without our supportive and generous customers,” said Dave Johnson, vice president of store operations in a press release.

The Ponoka Red Apple’s in-store goal is to raise $5,250, although that may be a bit more of a challenge this year as the staff aren’t able to run their bake sale in conjunction with the toy drive due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Last year, proceeds from the bake sale accounted for 20 per cent of the funds raised. The baked goods were supplied by the time and talents of their staff.

This year, instead of a bake sale, each staff member has made and donated a themed gift basket (men’s bath, women’s spa, movie night, etc.) and the store is hoping to have a few more donated by local businesses.

When customers come in to make a donation, they will be entered into a draw for a chance to win a gift basket.

In lieu of an actual sleigh, a pick-up truck will be used to collect toy donations.

The Ponoka Red Apple is partnering with local charity Santa’s Anonymous to distribute the donations.

“We hope that would be a huge help to Santa’s Anonymous,” said Novotny-Lund, adding that with monetary donations, she hopes the charity will be able to purchase whatever they’re in need of.

The company’s toy drive and Fill-a-Sleigh is special to Novotny-Lund and the Apple Store staff, she says.

They love supporting local and with the drive, people who donate are potentially helping out their own next door neighbours.

“That to us is so important … to help facilitate a slightly better Christmas despite everything happening this year … to create happiness in some families’ households and put smiles on faces — that’s all we need.”

Santa’s Anonymous

Ponoka Secondary Campus’ (PSC) annual Santa’s Anonymous campaign is underway. This year marks the 39th anniversary of the school’s sponsorship of the project.

If you are in need this holiday season or know someone who is, call Santa’s hotline at 403-963-9568 until Dec. 14 between the hours of 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

The delivery date is Dec. 21 between 3:30 and 6 p.m.

Due to COVID-19, the annual Stuff-a-Bus food drive and Santa Showdown hockey fundraiser will not be held this year.

To financially support Santa’s Anonymous, contact Nicole Berg at PSC at 403-783-4411 or by email at

Cheques can be made payable to “Wolf Creek Public Schools” and dropped off at PSC in the mail slot at the front entrance. Please mark “Santa’s Anonymous” on the envelope.

For further information or questions, contact Karen David at 403-783-4411, extension 5132.

Other stories in Ponoka News: FortisAlberta’s ‘Lights of Joy’ bring smiles to Ponoka seniors

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Heath, Dr. Deena Hinshaw. Black Press file photo
COVID claims 25 more Albertans

100-year-old among those who died

Marilyn Chidlow. (File photo)
Ponoka figure skating leader celebrated on her birthday

The Alberta Sports Hall of Fame celebrated Ponoka inductee Marilyn Chidlow on… Continue reading

Elder Muriel Lee. (Photo submitted)
Maskwacis Elder Mentoring Program connects Elders with young parents

By Chevi Rabbit For Ponoka News The Maskwacis Elders Mentoring Program, which… Continue reading

People skate on a lake in a city park in Montreal, Sunday, January 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
The end of hugs: How COVID-19 has changed daily life a year after Canada’s 1st case

Today marks the one year anniversary of COVID-19 landing in Canada

SARS-CoV-2 virus particles, which causes COVID-19, emerge from the surface of cells isolated from a patient in the U.S. and cultured in a lab in a 2020 electron microscope image. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-HO, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases - Rocky Mountain Laboratories
Alberta adds 463 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday

The central zone has 818 active cases

Terrance Josephson of the Princeton Posse, at left, and Tyson Conroy of the Summerland Steam clash during a Junior B hockey game at the Summerland Arena in the early spring of 2020. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
QUIZ: How much do you know about hockey?

Test your knowledge of Canada’s national winter sport

Red Fraggle, one of Jim Henson Company’s Fraggle Rock characers, is shown at Time To Play Holiday Show, Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010, in New York. The Jim Henson Company says production has officially started in Calgary on a reboot of the original 1980s children’s puppet series, which was filmed in Toronto.THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Mark Lennihan
‘Fraggle Rock’ children’s puppet series reboot starts production in Calgary

A spokesperson says the new series will stream on Apple TV plus

Black Press file photo
Wetaskiwin RCMP investigate fatal pedestrian collision

A 37-year-old man from Maskwacis has died in hospital as a result of his injuries.

A registered nurse prepares a dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in Halifax on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021. Yukon’s Minister of Community Services, John Streiker, says he’s outraged that a couple from outside the territory travelled to a remote community this week and received doses of COVID-19 vaccine. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan-POOL
Couple charged after travelling to Yukon to get COVID-19 vaccine

The maximum fine under the emergency measures act is $500, and up to six months in jail

Metis Nation of B.C. President Clara Morin Dal Col poses in this undated handout photo. The Metis Nation of B.C. says Dal Col has been suspended from her role as president. The Metis Nation of B.C. says Dal Col has been suspended from her role as president. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Metis Nation of B.C. *MANDATORY CREDIT*
Metis Nation of B.C. suspends president, citing ‘breach’ of policies, procedures

Vice-president Lissa Smith is stepping in to fill the position on an acting basis

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks in the in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Payette shouldn’t get same benefits as other ex-governors general: O’Toole

Former governors general are entitled to a pension and also get a regular income paid to them for the rest of their lives

A woman injects herself with crack cocaine at a supervised consumption site Friday, Jan. 22, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Drug users at greater risk of dying as services scale back in second wave of COVID-19

It pins the blame largely on a lack of supports, a corrupted drug supply

RCMP. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)
Blackfalds RCMP investigate fatal collision

Preliminary investigation revealed a south bound pickup truck collided with an eastbound car

Jennifer Cochrane, a Public Health Nurse with Prairie Mountain Health in Virden, administers the COVID-19 vaccine to Robert Farquhar with Westman Regional Laboratory, during the first day of immunizations at the Brandon COVID-19 vaccination supersite in Brandon, Man., on Monday, January 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tim Smith - POOL
Top doctor urges Canadians to keep up with COVID measures, even as vaccines roll out

More than 776,606 vaccines have been administered so far

Most Read